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J. Stephen Ferris

Distinguished Research Professor

Degrees:B.Com., M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (UCLA)

Research fields: coordination problems in macroeconomic and microeconomic theory

• interaction of economic and political processes
• government size
• fiscal policy

Selected publications:

Political Competition and the Study of Public Economics. 2022 Cambridge University Press with Stanley L. Winer.

“Between election rivalry and the agency costs of government: the effectiveness of party competition across Indian States, 1957 – 2018” (with Bharatee Dash) Public Finance Review (online 2023).

“Inequality, Transaction Costs and Voter Turnout:  evidence from Canadian Provinces and Indian States” (with Bharatee Dash and Marcel Voia) Public Choice (2023) Vol 194 Issue 3-4, pp. 325-346.

“Do Rival Political Parties Enforce Government Efficiency? Evidence from Canada, 1867 – 2021” (with Marcel Voia) European Journal of Political Economy” (2023) Vol. 77 Issue 2, pp. xx.

“Does a Swing Voter Model with Voter Turnout reflect the closeness of Indian State Elections: 1957 – 2018?” (with Bharatee Dash) Applied Economics (2023) Vol 55, No. 6, pp.594-602.

“On the Structure of the Political Party System in Indian States, 1957-2018” (with Bharatee Dash) Constitutional Political Economy (2023) Vol 34. Issue 1, pp., 1-25.

“Elections, Economic Outcomes and Policy Choices in Canada: 1870 – 2015” (with Marcel Voia) Applied Economics Vol.53, No. 16, pp. 1840-1855, (2021).

“Is the Aggregate Size of Government in Canada Too Large?” (with Marcel-Cristian Voia), Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Vol. 173, No.4 (December 2017), pp. 723–752.

“Fixed Versus Flexible Election Cycles: Explaining Innovation in the Timing of Canada’s Election Term” (with Derek Olmstead), Constitutional Political Economy, Vol. 28, No. 2 (February 2017), pp. 117–141.

“The Duverger-Demsetz Perspective on Electoral Competitiveness and Fragmentation: with Application to the Canadian Parliamentary System, 1867–2011” (with Stanley L. Winer and Bernard Grofman), in Maria Gallego and Norman Schonfield (eds.), The Political Economy of Social Choices, New York: Springer Publishing, (September 2016). pp. 93–122.

“The Effect of Federal Government Size on Private Economic Performance in Canada: 1870–2011” (with Marcel-Cristian Voia), Economic Modelling, Vol. 45, No. 2 (June, 2015). pp. 172–185.

“Government Size, Government Debt and Economic Performance with Particular Reference to New Zealand”, Economic Record, Vol. 90, No. 290 (September 2014), pp. 365–381.

“Do Canadian Business Cycle Peaks Predict Federal Election Calls?” (with Marcel-Cristian Voia), European Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 29, No. 1 (March, 2013), pp. 102–118.

“What are the Significant Determinants of Entrepreneurship?” (with Marcel-Cristian Voia), International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Vol. 17, No.4 (October 2012), pp. 415–454.